Press office contacts

KCC Media Hub – maintained by Kent County Council press office

Our press office responds to media enquiries from journalists about KCC services and policies.

We can arrange TV, press and radio interviews with Cabinet, Lead Members and senior officers.

The duty press officer outside of office hours is Gemma Smith on 07912 451940

Press contact Specialist areas Telephone Email
Lucy Majin (Press Office Manager) Includes: corporate issues, democratic services and finance issues as well as policy, performance and improvement, information services and economic development. 03000 416421
07850 907407
Ella Watkins Includes:education, early years, schools, planning and access, quality and standards, post-16 education and apprenticeships. 03000 416282
07738 755491
Kiran Dhaliwal

Includes: social services for children, such as unaccompanied asylum seeking children, fostering, adoption and safeguarding issues as well as social care for adults, older people and promoting independence. 03000 410776 or         07789 750619


Murray Evans Includes: libraries, Trading Standards, community safety, film office, public rights of way, adult education, sports and culture, youth services, country parks, Gateways. Also includes: policy, performance and improvement, information services and economic development. 03000 416071
07834 051150
Gemma Smith Includes: Public Health 03000 416699
07912 451940
Thom Morris Includes: highways and waste functions, the planning and environment teams, and the delivery of new major transport schemes. 03000 416907
07738 860726


KCC begins consultation on the mental health service

Kent County Council began a six week consultation from Friday, 10 February to hear people’s views about the proposed Mental Health Service – Promoting Independence. KCC is proposing to combine the Supporting Independence Service and the Housing Related Support services to create a more joined up system for helping people…

St Clements Way, Greenhithe Improvement Scheme

A multi-million pound scheme to ease congestion on a route between Dartford and Greenhithe has been revealed by Kent County Council. The A206 St Clements Way provides links to the A2 and Dartford Crossing and access to the Bluewater and the Crossways retail parks. Substantial new development has been built…

Award for KCC’s support for Armed Forces

Kent County Council’s commitment and support for defence personnel and their families has been recognised with a bronze award from the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme. Highlighting the council’s support for those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, the award recognises KCC’s “statement of intent…

‘One You’ the new health shop comes to Ashford

The start of a new year often brings resolutions for people to get fitter and healthier, so it’s perfect timing that Ashford has teamed up with Kent County Council and the NHS to open a brand new health hub where people can kick-start their journey to becoming more healthy and…

The SHAPE project is making a difference to Young People in Shepway

The SHAPE project, which aims to tackle youth exclusion, antisocial behaviour and disadvantage, is currently running in its third year in Shepway. The project is a partnership between Shepway Community Safety Partnership, Shepway District Council and Gillingham FC community Trust and has received £3,000 funding from KCC members Hod Birkby,…

New Doors in memorial of two key figures in Hythe

The community who use the Catholic Church in Hythe are benefitting from new doors thanks to a £3,000 KCC members grant from Martin Whybrow. The previous doors were very old and no longer kept out the cold. Chris Capon MBE a regular at the Church and previous County Councillor first…

Level three cold weather alert in place for Kent

Severe weather forecast for the South East could leave people vulnerable and Kent County Council is reminding residents of simple steps to help friends, families and neighbours. A level three cold weather alert has been announced for the region by the Met Office which triggers actions in the NHS, public health, social…

Music to my ears

Martin Vye has given £750 of his combined members grant to Music for Change.- a scheme that brings culturally diverse music and dance into the classroom and the community. The money allowed them to run a successful music and songwriting project with service users form Porchlight, a charity that supports vulnerable…

Dream come true for wannabe gritter driver

It was a dream come true for Paul Fagg when he got to live out his dreams of becoming a gritter driver. The 22-year-old from Seabrook has been interested in all things gritting and winter maintenance since he was 13. He regularly gets up in the middle of the night…

New seeds of growth for Kent Sheds project

Kent residents are being encouraged to take up funding for new Kent Sheds projects, tackling mental health and wellbeing by encouraging people to make friends, share skills and support their local community through shed-based venues. The Kent Sheds project started in 2014, jointly funded by Libor, building on the success…